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The autopsies for two prisoners
charged with murder are to be con-
ducted today at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James. According to reports
both men claimed to be feeling ill and
were taken to the Eric Williams Med-
ical Science Complex where they died
Kofi Cropper, who is accused of mur-
dering police officer Sgt Hayden Man-
waring died last week.
Cropper, 40, along with Kerron
Nicholas Garcia, 19, Anthony Clement,
37, and Kelvin Wallace, 23, are jointly
facing five charges, including murdering
Manwaring, possession of a gun and
ammunition and robbing three people
of cash, jewelery and cellphones at
Mom s Diner, Cipero Street, San Fer-
nando, on the same day.
Manwaring, 42, was shot and killed
while trying to arrest robbery suspects
at Butler Street, San Fernando, on Feb-
ruary 19, 2013.
Relatives of Cropper told the media
yesterday at the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, that doctors at the hospital
believed he died of meningitis.
The T&T Guardian was told the sec-
ond prisoner, Ramkumar "Uncle
Bopeep" Jaisarie, 75, is believed to have
died of heart failure.
Jaisarie was accused of murdering
his wife Vio Jaisarie on December 10,
2007 at the couple s home located above
the family business, Bopeep s Bar, at
Naparima-Mayaro Road, New Grant.
His trial was listed to be heard in the
San Fernando High Court in Septem-
The decision on how to treat with
customers using VOIP is based on
what each local mobile provider
knows of the capabilities of its net-
work, TSTT said in a media release
It came on the heels of a Sunday
Guardian report which stated that sole
local competitor Digicel had banned
popular voice-over-internet applica-
tions like Viber, Tango and Nimbuzz,
which allow smartphone users to make
free calls over the Internet.
While maintaining that its mobile
company bmobile, "declines from
offering any comment on Digicel s
decision to block VOIP service
providers," TSTT said that its perspec-
tive had been that "once customers
have bought data services from bmo-
bile, customers determine how much
they wish to use their data."
They further explained that in enter-
ing the 4G market, bmobile did not
take a "one size fits all" approach and
built a large wi-fi network of 50 b
zones that not only help customers
"conserve the data bundles they pay
for" but also take traffic off the 4G
network allowing "other customers
who chose to use their 4G data bundles
to do so without any inconvenience."
In an e-mail exchange with the Sun-
day Guardian about the Digicel app
ban, Digicel s communications manager
Penny Gomez said that because VOIP
services were network intensive and
given priority in terms of delivery across
the network, it in turn meant that
"other customers browsing will be
impacted." The TSTT release made it
clear that was not a problem shared
by b mobile customers.
On Saturday, Digicel, who had
already banned the apps in Jamaica
and Haiti, sent text messages to its
T&T data customers making them
aware of the ban and published a public
advisory on its Web site that "effective
immediately, unlicensed VOIP services
are blocked on its network."
The statement added that VOIP
operators, like Viber and Nimbuzz,
"use telecoms networks to deliver their
services but do not pay the requisite
money for the privilege."
Digicel CEO John Delves said in a
company release yesterday on Twitter
that he "is standing by his company s
decision to block unlicensed VOIP serv-
ices on its network," despite criticism
from its customers, some of whom
used Facebook as a forum to voice their
displeasure saying that they now
intended to leave the network for bmo-
bile, questioned whether Skype would
soon be added to the banned list, and
how it was possible for other compa-
nies to handle the "enormous pressure"
while Digicel could not.
No VOIP ban for bmobile
2 prisoners on murder
charges die in hospital
Crates of broken eggs spilled onto the roadway near a car and two trucks which collided yesterday on the
Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Gasparillo turnoff. Below, a police officer interviews the three people at
the accident scene. PHOTOS: TONY HOWELL
When Junora Modeste
saw a truck hurtling
towards him on the
south bound carriage-
way of the Solomon
Hochoy Highway, he
thought his life was over.
The truck, laden with
gravel, careened into the
railing along the highway,
causing two other trucks
to crash and flattening
the car in which Modeste
and his friend Farai Julien
were seated. The truck
then hit a Ford Ranger
driven by Michael Cuffie,
28, of Maraval.
escaped with only a cut
to his big toe and minor
injuries to his knee. No
one else was injured.
Police said the five-
vehicle smashup occurred
around 10 am close to the
In an interview after-
wards, truck driver
Mahadeo Heeralal, of
Sanjaco Co Ltd, said he
was driving his ten-
wheeler when on reach-
ing an incline at the Fly-
over, traffic slowed and
his brakes failed.
"I had no way of stop-
ping. I saw a space
between the cars and I
squeezed in to get to the
shoulder," Heeralal said.
His truck then
slammed into a dump
truck driven by Kaliper-
sad Kissoon, 60, an
employee of Radkir Con-
knocked down the railing
and then grazed Julien s
B-13 car, which then
became lodged under-
neath Kissoon s truck.
The dump truck also hit
a van transporting eggs
from El Chico Farms.
Hundreds of eggs spilled
onto the highway, causing
two hours of stand-still
Speaking at the scene,
Julien, 34, of Union Hall,
San Fernando, said he
started to pray when he
saw the truck in his side
"I thought I would die.
I didn t think I would
come out of this alive,"he
Modeste said: "I
thought I would not live
to see my 29th birthday."
Cuffie, who stood
beside the smashed van,
added: "Thank God
nobody died. This could
have been much worse."
Heeralal, who has been
driving for over 30 years,
said he did not know
what caused his brakes
to fail since the truck
undergoes regular main-
Officers from the St
Margaret s police station
visited the scene. PC
Roopnarine is continuing
Drivers escape death
in five-vehicle crash
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A Police officer interviews the drivers at the scene at
yesterday's accident on the Solomon Hochoy
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